NOTE THIS IS AN OLD POST -WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY GIVING AWAY ISCHOOLBAND MEMBERSHIPS, BUT YOU CAN TRY THEIR PRODUCT FOR FREE AT HTTP://ISCHOOLBAND.COM -I ENCOURAGE YOU CHECK IT OUT YOURSELVES. IT IS AN AMAZING PRODUCT AT AN AMAZING PRICE! Updated: 8/2010
I have some exciting news for a limited number of ensemble directors. iSchoolBand.Com has granted MusTech.Net a limited number of free 1 year subscriptions to their site for ensemble directors that are avid readers and supporters of MusTech.Net (This is up to a $750.00 value). iSchoolBand has recently left their Beta stage and are now starting the full operational stage of their site. As part of that effort, they have agreed to partner with MusTech.Net and give us a number of free accounts to hand-out to active band, orchestra, and ensemble directors . This is an incredible opportunity for those that have been looking into software like and have been in the “decision process”. This limited time opportunity allows you to try the software for a year for free with no obligations.
iSchoolBand is a web 2.0 program that is a fully hosted social environment and management platform that is customized for the band programs. iSchoolBand is reasonably priced and offers a number of features that would be of interest to any band, orchestra, or ensemble director, including:
- Media and Document Library
- News Feeds and Commentary
- Individual people profiles and group profiles
- Group based announcements
- Notifications & Alerts
- Fully Secure and Private (with the option to have a public front-end)
One of the great things about social networks like iSchoolBand is that they provide a secure and safe platform (with support) for band directors to operate from within. Because this is a closed educational environment, posting videos and/or audio for learning, evaluation, and critique should pass the “litmus test” with regard to a number of fair-use applications and could go a long way to helping directors utilize their instruction time in an efficient manner (always check copyright policies and applicable laws to be sure).
In addition to already being a very useful community-based platform for ensemble directors, I have first-hand knowledge that the upcoming features of iSchoolBand (in future releases) will literally allow this software to be a one-stop shop for almost any need that a band director would with regard to the administration of their program(s). iSchoolBand is intuitive, functional, and provides a great deal of useful and handy features for any ensemble director and is worth a “hard look”.
To find out more about iSchoolBand please visit the following links:
- iSchoolBand homepage: http://ischoolband.com
- iSchoolBand FAQs
- Pricing Information
- Articles about iSchoolBand:
A Music Education Productivity Innovation –http://www.restoringmusic.com/musiceducationinnovation
A Safe Facebook for the Band Room and More –http://www.thomasjwestmusic.com/ischoolband.htm
- Podcast by Larry Marra (Music Teacher’s 911) – http://ischoolband.squarespace.com/storagefiles/musicteachers911%2044%20ischoolband.com.mp3
SO HOW DO YOU GET YOUR FREE ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION FOR ISCHOOLBAND FROM MUSTECH.NET?
Actually it’s very easy… We aren’t even asking for much other than you continue to support MusTech.Net by listing us on your homepages, in your blogs, or referencing us in other materials as you have opportunity. Please consider posting a link to this article or tweeting about on twitter (You can follow me on twitter @ http://twitter.com/pisanojm) to help spread the word about this promotion. If you haven’t ever visited one of the sponsors that makes the running of MusTech.Net possible, consider visiting one of them. The truth is you don’t really have to do ANYTHING other than contact us at MusTech.Net via our Contact PAGE and let us know that you are an avid reader and supporter of MusTech.Net and provide verifiable information that you are indeed a k-12 band director, orchestra director, or music program director. MusTech.Net is and has been dedicated to serving the greater music and music education community FREE-OF-CHARGE and without subscription fees… let’s continue the dialog about how to make music and music education better for everyone.
Again, to be eligible for the free iSchoolBand subscription YOU MUST be a current band director, orchestra director, or Music Program director in a k-12 school (public or private). Please provide the following information to us via the Contact PAGE:
Vaild School Phone Number:
Type of Ensemble:
Your information will be verified and you will receive the subscription information from us via e-mail (This may take a week or so to get to you, please be patient). I’m not sure how fast these free subscriptions will go…it may be a week or a month but, they will go. If you are interested in this free iSchoolBand subscription please contact us as soon as possible. NOTE: THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES THAT YOU WILL BE SELECTED TO RECEIVE A FREE SUBSCRIPTION. The free subscriptions will be given out in the order they are requested AFTER eligibility is determined. Good luck and RE-TWEET away! :)
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.